Mike Willis: 30 Years at Maple Grove

Bishop Phil Whipple (right) recognizing Mike and Tamara Willis.

Bishop Phil Whipple (right) recognizing Mike and Tamara Willis.

On Sunday, July 14, Mike Willis was recognized for having served 30 years as senior pastor of Maple Grove UB church in Baltimore, Ohio. Mike is bi-vocational; he is also a postal worker. Mike and his wife, Tamara, were married in 1987 and have four children.

How many other currently-active United Brethren ministers have served this long in one place? Not many.

  • 35 years. Greg Reed has served at Morning Star Church (Kokomo, Ind.) since 1978–initially as associate pastor, and since 1990 as senior pastor.
  • 32 years. Chuck Malson has pastored Brown Corners UB church (Clare, Mich.) since 1981.
  • 32 years. Joe Cilone has pastored Pleasant Heights UB church (East Liverpool, Ohio) since 1981.
  • 30 years. Ken Smith has pastored the Cedar Chapel UB church (Big Laurel, Kent.) since 1983.


  • Judy Ann Long
    Posted at 20:24h, 17 July

    Congratulations to Pastor Mike and to Maple Grove. Thank you for continuing to do God’s work!!!

  • Jessica Dorst
    Posted at 21:10h, 22 July

    Congrats! Pastor Mike and Tammy. You guys have been their for our family for all 30 years. Thank you and god bless. Maple Grove!

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